The Death Penalty Is Not Always Help The Families Essay

1175 Words Dec 10th, 2015 5 Pages
COUNTERPOINT [Murphy] The death penalty does not always help the families achieve closure, infact, many family members of the murder victims are against the death penalty. There are many groups that are coming together to advocate for the end of the death penalty, such as Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) and the California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CCV). On the “about the CCV” page on their website, it says that “after the horrifying loss of a loved one to homicide, they are left with a clear awareness that the death penalty fails to address the needs of victims on many counts” (“Home”). They talk about how the money that they spend on actually executing someone could go to the families of the victims for services such as grief counseling, medical bills and funeral expenses. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist at Stanford University claims that “‘true closure is achieved only through extensive grief work.’ This process requires families to acknowledge and bear their loss as well as to put it into perspective” (“Capital Punishment”). This is saying that even if the killer is dead, they still have to go through all the same hoops as they would have to if the killer was not dead. Murder victim families also are known to suffer from acute stress and witnessing trauma, which they would not have to experience if they did not have to go through all the court system hoops and witness the death of another human. “Rather than focus on what could…

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